Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
(Outlander, Book 2)

79%

34 Critic Reviews

A most entertaining mix of history and fantasy whose author, like its heroine, exhibits a winning combination of vivid imagination and good common sense.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

NOW THE STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES OUTLANDER • BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager.

With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters—Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser—delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander.
 
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER
 
For twenty years, Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the mysteries of Scotland’s mist-shrouded Highlands.
 
Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as shocking as the events that gave it birth: the secret of an ancient circle of standing stones, the secret of a love that transcends centuries, and the truth of a man named Jamie Fraser—a Highland warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.
 
Claire’s spellbinding journey continues through the intrigue-ridden French court and the menace of Jacobite plots, to the Highlands of Scotland, through war and death in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

Praise for Dragonfly in Amber
 
“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”—The Arizona Republic
 
“A triumph! A powerful tale layered in history and myth. I loved every page.”—Nora Roberts
 
“Compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly
 

About Diana Gabaldon

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Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), and An Echo in the Bone—as well as the Lord John Grey novels Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion; and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.
 
Published October 26, 2004 by Dell. 754 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dragonfly in Amber
All: 34 | Positive: 29 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

A most entertaining mix of history and fantasy whose author, like its heroine, exhibits a winning combination of vivid imagination and good common sense.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 12 2016

...Gabaldon offers a fresh and offbeat historical view, framed by an intriguing contemporary issue of Claire's daughter's paternity

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Morgan Valko on Jun 10 2011

A great read on its own, Dragonfly in Amber has much more meaning to those who have experienced the series from the beginning.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Claudia Terrones on Jan 19 2013

This is definitely not a stand-alone book, and after reading Outlander, I couldn’t well just stop there. It is a testament to Gabaldon’s extraordinary skill that Dragonfly In Amber manages to lure us all the way back in, and we are only too willing to follow.

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Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Christina Guerrero on Jul 07 2012

If you read it for the romance, and are looking for more romance, you’ll find it scattered here and there in Dragonfly...If you read it for the history, you’re in luck. The second book has lots of that.

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Open Book Society

Above average
Reviewed by Heidi on Nov 10 2011

Overall, I did really like this book and can’t wait to read the next one, where hopefully Jamie and Claire will be reunited. But, I must admit that I did like Outlander a little better.

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AuthorsDen

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Reviewed by Christy Tillery French on Mar 26 2008

Claire and Jamie’s committed love for one another shines through the book and adds hot spice to a galvanizing read.

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Rambles

Above average
on Feb 12 2016

Although Gabaldon again succeeds in bringing history to life, she gets bogged down a bit in the mundane...The last 200 pages are whipped into a frenzy that rivals book one. Pages fly by, and the last third of the book more than makes up for the rest.

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Reviewed by Jen on Aug 21 2014

The story is at its best during the flashbacks, but even they were not without problems...It took way too long to get to the storyline that interested me.Part of me wants to wash my hands of the series, but two things hold me back. One, I still need to know how the heck the series can move forward with how the book ends.

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Rhapsody in Books

Above average
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Mar 17 2014

You can’t help but get caught up with these characters, and want to know what happens to them. And indeed, you get a blow-by-blow account in these books of almost every minute in almost every day.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
on Apr 05 2008

Compulsively, work-skippingly, addictively readable. High literature? No. Worth the read if you liked the first one? Oh yes.

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Maryse's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Maryse on Dec 27 2010

So while I’d say that the very pertinent historical references could possibly bore you just a bit, there are so many other parts of the story that will keep you reading, and it will finally all come together for you. I eventually “got” it, perfectly.

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Literate Housewife

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer on Jun 23 2010

Overall, I didn’t like Dragonfly in Amber as much as I loved Outlander. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the novel and wasn’t compelled to keep listening because I was. Just as with everything else you fall in love with, over time you start to see the cracks a little bit.

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Confessions of a Book Addict

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Reviewed by Christina on Aug 28 2014

Somehow Gabaldon makes these lengthy tomes compulsively readable and even includes many beautiful lines...And of course, after finishing Dragonfly in Amber, I bought Voyager, the next book in the series. I give Gabaldon credit…despite the length of these novels, I keep coming back for more. It's just that good.

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Hope Chest Reviews

Excellent
on Sep 03 2014

With her amazing talent and enthralling writing style, Diana Gabaldon has also earned a place among my favorite authors.

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Sarah Says Read

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah on May 28 2011

...we learn so much about Claire and Jamie. They’re together for the majority of the book, and it’s so nice to see their early married life. They also go through a LOT of heart-wrenching hell. This is my third time reading this book, and the ending STILL makes me cry.

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Long and Short Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Lianne Lopes on Jul 12 2007

The romance is there loud and clear, and made that much more meaningful because they are married and so much in love. The tone of this book is a trifle different, for there’s a shadow of fear and sadness sitting over it.

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The Bookish Babe

Excellent
Reviewed by Diana on Sep 24 2014

From the author of Outlander...a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...This book KILLED me, but I think I loved it just as much as Outlander.

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Estella's Revenge

Above average
Reviewed by Andi on May 09 2012

This book had a very different feel than Outlander, which according to moi, is a positive thing. My biggest fear going into this book was that a formula would begin to arise. Not so much!

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I'm Loving Books

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Reviewed by Sarah on Jul 20 2010

I just love him even more in this book. He’s much more loving, romantic, and passionate about Claire; what’s not to love? He’s just a fantastic character and I can’t get enough of him!

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Books and Things

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Reviewed by Melissa on Jul 20 2015

In the end I give this book 3 stars. While I loved the first book, I wasn't taken by the political intrigue of this one. I did like the development of the characters and I do look forward to the next book...

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Reflections of a Book Addict

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Reviewed by KIMBERLY DENNY-RYDER on Feb 21 2013

This is a historical fiction novel at heart, but it’s also an adventure novel, a romance novel, and a science fiction novel. There’s so much passion in Gabaldon’s writing and storytelling that it becomes difficult to find a place to begin speaking about why these books are so amazing.

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Another Look Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle Kelly on Apr 02 2012

What a journey! What love! What a freaking awesome story! The biggest warning I shall pass along to the good readers is to make sure you have book 3, Voyager handy right after Dragonfly in Amber is done. You are going to literally put down Dragonfly and pick up Voyager.

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The Australian Bookshelf

Good
on Jan 14 2012

Dragonfly in Amber, is an extremely long (over 900 pages) read but I was drawn in by the intensity of the Clare and Jamie love story and an array of secondary characters who make up the cast. It’s a time-travelling love story that fans of the series will enjoy.

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Monniblog

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Reviewed by Monica on Jun 17 2011

Diana Gabaldon is a talented writer and a natural storyteller. She deftly weaves an interesting and compelling tale with exciting events and unique characters. The characters, both main and secondary, are well-rounded and have both strengths and flaws.

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Fly High

Good
Reviewed by Maria Grazia on Dec 27 2014

Fast paced and action packed, intense and gripping, the Scottish part was the worthy sequel to Outlander in my opinion. The historical context of the 1745 Rising, which would inevitably led to Culloden as well as to Jamie and Claire's separation, made the narration of all the events truly poignant.

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bookworm2bookworm's Blog

Good
on Feb 14 2014

The only word that comes to mind is fierce. I love these books fiercely. So, with all that said, read this book, wont you?

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Good
Reviewed by Gladys on Feb 14 2014

I do like “extreme” and “romance” all in ONE package. I do love “adventure”. What I don’t like, is being called a housemom that wants to escape. Escape?!? Honey, I don’t want to escape. I want to feel!!! I want to connect and I want to share. This is why I read Diana Gabaldon. She can deliver in every sense of that word.

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Good
Reviewed by Bookworm on Feb 14 2014

I do like “extreme” and “romance” all in ONE package. I do love “adventure”. What I don’t like, is being called a housemom that wants to escape. Escape?!? Honey, I don’t want to escape. I want to feel!!! I want to connect and I want to share. This is why I read Diana Gabaldon. She can deliver in every sense of that word.

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https://fyreflybooks.wordpress.com

Good
on Apr 05 2008

...every scene between them is as good as any from the first book, and even though I knew that everything was going to eventually work out fine (see: four more books), I still cried like a little girl at the ending.

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http://katiesbookblog.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Katie on Aug 19 2014

This book just confirmed my love for this series...The story is full of politics and mystery and a good amount of romance. The politics are what really had me hooked though...Overall, Dragonfly in Amber is a solid sequel to Outlander.

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Pedantic Phooka

Good
Reviewed by Holjo on May 03 2012

I recommend this series to fans of historical or time-travel romances. This isn’t my favorite book in the series, but it is definitely necessary if you are committed to reading the great love story of Claire and Jamie.

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About to Read

Above average
on Jun 04 2015

Dragonfly in Amber is a beast. There is just so much content in the book that the plot rambles on a bit, but with the real draw being Jamie and Claire it works out. Even though the pacing is slower the ending will have you dying to pick up the next book right away!

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https://australianbookshelf.wordpress.com

Good
on Jan 14 2012

Dragonfly in Amber, is an extremely long (over 900 pages) read but I was drawn in by the intensity of the Clare and Jamie love story and an array of secondary characters who make up the cast.

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